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Three more ships will depart from Black Sea ports laden with food on Friday morning as part of a grain deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, officials said.

Two of the ships will leave the port of Chernomorsk and another will leave the port of Odesa carrying a total of over 58,000 tons of corn.

“We hope for the professionalism of all those involved,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Alexander Kubrakov wrote on Facebook.

A security officer stands next to the Navi-Star ship, which is full of grain.
(AP Photo / David Goldman)

Under the agreement reached by officials on July 22, the ships can leave the ports of Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny with wheat, corn and related food.

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The deal appeared to be in jeopardy on July 23, when Russia launched a series of missile attacks on the Ukrainian coast, but the first ship carrying 26,000 tons of corn left this week.

Security personnel stand in front of a grain storage terminal in Odesa, Ukraine.

Security personnel stand in front of a grain storage terminal in Odesa, Ukraine.
(AP Photo / David Goldman)

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February squeezed food prices around the world as both countries are key players in the global commodity market.

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The United Nations FAO Food Price Index, which reflects the international prices of a basket of food products, rose 23% in June compared to the same period last year.

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